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The UK Expansion Worker visa is for a senior employee of an overseas business to come to the UK and set up a branch of an overseas business that has not started trading in the UK yet. This route has replaced the previous Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route.
For example, if a well-established Chinese company wants to expand their business in the UK and set up a UK branch, they can send a senior manager or specialist employee from their company to the UK. This person needs to apply for a UK Expansion Worker Visa.
To apply for a UK Expansion Worker visa, there’re requirements that both the overseas company and the candidates need to meet.
The overseas company needs to:
However, the requirements and documents might differ depending on the nature of your overseas company. If you’re an overseas company that wants to send your employee to the UK to set up a UK branch, WorkPermitCloud can help analyse your case and provide you with a detailed document list that you need to prepare. If you also would like to learn more about Sponsor Licence application, please contact our Immigration experts.
To be eligible for a UK Expansion worker visa, the candidate must meet the following Eligibility criteria:
To apply for a UK Expansion Worker Visa, the documents the candidate needs to provide are:
If your documents for UK Expansion Worker Visa are not in English or Welsh, you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.
Generally, a UK Expansion Worker visa is valid for 1 year, however, you can extend your stay for another 12 months if you want to stay longer in the UK.
The maximum time you can stay in the UK on a UK Expansion Worker visa is 2 years.
The cost of a UK Expansion Worker Visa includes the Visa Application fee and Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS).
The application fee for the UK Expansion Worker Visa is £259, it’s the same whether you apply from within or outside of the UK. The IHS fee is £624 per year.
If you apply for a UK Expansion Worker Visa from outside the UK, it usually takes 3 weeks for Home Office to give a decision.
If you apply for a UK Expansion Worker Visa from within the UK, it usually takes 8 weeks for Home Office to give a decision.
The process for applying for a UK Expansion worker visa is complex, you’ll need to know everything you need to prepare before you submit the application, you can book our professional Immigration service to make your application bundle ready.
WorkPermitCloud is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Our professional immigration advisers would like to assist you throughout the journey to maximise the probability of success
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